Featured Research Project
“Improving robotic surgery”
Dorsey Standish, 2009, Engineering
For my PURM project, my mentor, Dr. Katherine Kuchenbecker, set a goal of improving the quality of robotic surgery. Delving into this medical application of mechanical engineering allowed me to collaborate with PhD students Will McMahan and Joe Romano as well as Masters student Jamie Gewirtz. I even got the chance to mentor a high school student, Jared Katz, who spent six weeks working in the Haptics Lab this summer. In collaboration with these other students, I investigated ways to improve Intuitive Surgical’s da Vinci System, a robot used for minimally invasive urological and cardiac surgery. We aimed to give the surgeon improved tactile feedback; our research’s tagline became “Feel what you see.”
Recent Awards & News
University of Pennsylvania senior Xavier Flory has been awarded a Michel David-Weill Scholarship to pursue a master’s degree in political science at SciencesPo in Paris.
Flory, of Nokesville, Va., is majoring in intellectual history in the School of Arts and Sciences. A former columnist at The Daily Pennsylvanian, Flory has been a recipient of the John Thouron Summer Research Prize and the Columbia Scholastic Press Association Gold Circle Award.
He is fluent in French, German and Italian and has lived and worked around the world, including a year working for the U.S. Department of Defense. In addition to his interest in languages, Flory is a pianist and he was a soloist with the Vienna Boys Choir.
He is the sole recipient of the Michel David-Weill Scholarship this year and the first from Penn since the program’s introduction in 2011.
Additional information about the Michel David-Weill program is available at http://www.usscpo.org/scholarship-awards. More information for Penn students interested in applying for this scholarship can be found at http://www.upenn.edu/curf/fellowships/fellowships-directory/david-weill-scholarship.
Because advanced preparation is a key to success, CURF is introducing an enhanced advising process for these three fellowships which require institutional endorsement. Begin the process now!
The Rhodes Scholarship has amended its rules for US applicants in 2014. Candidates and endorsers must sign an attestation that the application is entirely the candidate’s own work. Candidates must not solicit or receive any editing help or suggestions for improvement on their personal statement or any previous drafts. See the full statement for precise language: http://www.rhodesscholar.org/news-and-announcements/important-rule-change-for-2014
In part to respond to changes in the rules for the Rhodes Scholarship and also to meet a general need among Penn students, CURF is introducing Personal Statement Workshops. These 3-session series will be open to all students at any level: those planning to apply for fellowships, those applying for summer opportunities, and those who will be making applications in future years. See schedule
An introduction to what fellowships are: how to begin thinking about, preparing for and making applications.
The remainder of this spring’s schedule is as follows:
18-Mar 3:00 Fireside
20-Mar 1:00 Fireside
24-Mar 3:00 Fireside [Engineering emphasis]
25-Mar 4:00 JMHH 340 [Wharton emphasis]
14-Apr 1:00 Fireside
17-Apr 4:30 Fireside